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SIA brings back appetisers for economy class flights three-and-a-half hours and longer

SINGAPORE (ANN/THE STRAITS TIMES) – Singapore Airlines (SIA) will bring back appetisers for its economy class meals on medium, long-haul and ultra long-haul flights from June 1. These items have not been available because of supply issues during the pandemic, among other reasons.

In addition to an appetiser, meals on economy class flights that are three-and-a-half hours and longer will be served with a bread roll, a main course, cheese and crackers and a dessert, an SIA spokesman said on Wednesday.

Bread rolls will also be added back to economy class meals on short-haul flights between one-and-a-half and three-and-a-half hours, complete with a main course and dessert.

The return of appetisers and bread rolls, first reported by travel website The MileLion on Wednesday, comes after SIA drew flak in recent months over its economy class meals.

Some passengers dubbed its March trial of paper serviceware as a cost-cutting measure, while netizens in April questioned the food quality in economy class on online forum Reddit.

In response to queries, the SIA spokesman said the airline had removed items from the economy class meal tray due to various operational and supply chain reasons during the pandemic, as well as to reduce food waste.

This comes after the airline removed items from the economy class meal due to various operational and supply chain reasons during the pandemic. PHOTO: ANN/THE STRAITS TIMES

“Some of these items have since been reintroduced and we are working closely with our suppliers to bring back other items to the economy class meal tray soon,” she said.

The spokesman clarified that there is no link between the airline’s financial results and the move to reinstate items to the meal tray.

SIA posted a record annual profit of SGD2.16 billion for the 2022/2023 financial year, rebounding from a loss of SGD962 million the previous year.

The spokesman said: “Plans for this reinstatement began before our full-year results, and some items were also restored to the meal tray before that.”

She added that SIA’s current budget for in-flight meals is about 20 per cent higher than that for the 2019/2020 financial year, even though the airline expects that its capacity will be smaller than that year’s.

Separately, SIA has put up a tender on its procurement website to buy hot towels. The tender will close at noon on June 5.

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